Today we celebrate the martyrs St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher. Fr. Longenecker has posted a timely reminder:
On this feast day of St Thomas More we do well to remember that the Tudor Revolution in England (sometimes given the euphemistic term: Reformation) was not immediately violent and catastrophic.
Father concludes his post:
As we begin the fortnight of freedom in the USA we should remember that the erosion of religious freedom always starts small. It seems to be a proper cleansing of wealth and privilege in the church. It is sold as a reform movement, or something that will benefit all the people. It is put across as a useful, modernizing action–one which will sweep away all the old inefficiencies and system of privilege in order to be fairer and more useful for all. I have written here of what this sort of revolution might look like in the USA. It will not be a persecution of bloodshed and torture to start with–instead it will be quiet and efficient and most people–most Catholics will go along with the “reforms.”Read the whole post…